Bentley Systems Incorporated

MicroStation V8 XM Edition Wins Cadalyst All-Star Award


Source: Bentley Systems Incorporated

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced today that MicroStation V8 XM Edition has won a Cadalyst magazine All-Star award. The award honors “the best of the best – the most outstanding among all software and hardware products that earned Highly Recommended ratings from Cadalyst Labs in the past six months.”

Commenting on MicroStation V8 XM Edition’s All-Star award, AECnews and CADCAMNet Editor-in-Chief Randall S. Newton said, “MicroStation is no longer a CAD program; it is the foundation of an AEC design ecosystem. The improvements in MicroStation V8 XM position Bentley as the technology leader in enterprise-class AEC.”

Newton gave MicroStation V8 XM Edition a Highly Recommended rating in his November 2006 Cadalyst review. In his evaluation, he noted that even though users working on large, multiyear projects often don’t like to upgrade their CAD software in the middle of the project, they may want to rethink that policy in regard to MicroStation V8 XM because the upgrade provides “a big upside in immediate productivity improvements.”

Newton explained that Bentley had updated V8 in 2004 with a number of improvements, including standards management, and also broke ground by being the first major CAD platform to embrace Adobe PDF as a key publishing format. Continued Newton, “MicroStation XM builds on these and many more features with a complete overhaul of the graphics subsystem, a modernization of the user interface, compatibility with Google Earth™ and Google SketchUp, … and many more under-the-hood improvements.”

Said Joe Croser, global marketing director, Bentley platform products, “It is an honor to have our achievements recognized by Cadalyst. Our All-Star award and the comments made by Randall further validate Bentley’s position as an innovator of AEC and geospatial technologies and MicroStation’s position as an enabling and unifying platform for our comprehensive portfolio of applications.”

To read Randall Newton’s complete review of MicroStation V8 XM Edition, go to

About MicroStation V8 XM Edition

MicroStation V8 XM Edition is the most powerful, most accessible, and most interoperable CAD platform for the design, construction, and operation of the world’s infrastructure. Organizations will find the transition easy. An intuitive new interface places powerful new features within easy reach of the users, and an unchanged DGN file format and full support for existing V8 standards allow projects to proceed uninterrupted.

Innovations by MicroStation include Design History, task-based tools, PDF publishing, and integration with SharePoint technologies using ProjectWise StartPoint. MicroStation is an accessible platform for infrastructure professionals due to an intuitive interface, heads-up design with AccuDraw, photorealistic visualization/animation, and Microsoft DirectX graphics engine.

Ninety percent of the ENR Top 500 Design Firms use Bentley products to successfully deliver AEC and infrastructure projects.

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